Ireland have beaten New Zealand 16-9 after a bruising encounter at the Aviva Stadium, securing an historic first-ever victory over the world champions on home soil.
It was an utterly immense performance from the men in green as the All Blacks were kept from scoring a try for the first time against a northern hemisphere team since 1995.
Jacob Stockdale’s 12th try in 14 appearances proved to be the match winner for what was a deserved victory over the officially best team in the world. The All Blacks will retain their number 1 ranking but an 11th straight home victory for Joe Schmidt’s team will not be going unnoticed in rugby circles.
The official Match of the Match award went to Peter O’Mahony after a colossus performance but every Irish player played their part in a victory that will live long in the memory for Irish supporters.
Here are how the Irish players rated after the game.
Rob Kearney - 8
Came close to scoring the opening try of the game but was correctly ruled out by the TMO. Brought assurance to the game with his aerial dominance.
Keith Earls - 7
Put in a huge amount of work defensively. Attacking opportunities were limited for him but made the most of what was available to him and had a fine display
Gary Ringrose - 8
A vital element to the Irish victory. Looks at home in the number 13 shirt. Huge tackle count.
Bundee Aki - 8
Always looking to carry the ball in an assured performance against his homeland. Starting to develop a good partnership with Ringrose. Linked well with Sexton also.
Jacob Stockdale - 8.5
Showed great confidence to execute the match-winning try after he got lucky with an early chip attempt. Struggled initially aerially but his moment of magic was the difference between the teams.
Jonathan Sexton - 8.5
Flawless kicking display. Lead by example and showed great leadership qualities. His late tackle and outburst of emotion after rocked the stadium to the foundations.
Kieran Marmion - 7
Had a shaky start as he struggled to replicate Murray’s perfect box-sets and game set but defensively sound and threw himself into tackles.
CJ Stander - 9
Huge display. His physicality excelled in an intense game. Unluckly not to score a try in the first half.
Josh van der Flier - 9
Explosive performance and yet another player with a huge tackle count. A key part of this victory.
Peter O’Mahony - 10
Simply a colossus. Left the game on the 63rd min to a rapturous ovation.
James Ryan -8
Yet another great performance. Always looked to stretch the game line. Another with a high tackle count.
Devin Toner - 9
His bone-crunching early tackle on Brodie Retallick set the tone. Helped restore some dominance back in the lineouts.
Tadhg Furlong - 8
Dragged his wounded body off the pitch on 64mins after a bulldozing performance. Left everything on the pitch.
Rory Best - 7
A mixed bag, solid in the scrum and from lineouts. Sloppy and careless on the ball at times, one poor offload in the first half in particular cost Ireland 10 yards.
Cian Healy- 8
He must have legs of steel. Powerful in both the scrum and carrying the ball in an all action display.
Subsitutes - 8
All helped close out a historic victory. Henderson and both McGrath’s in particular.